Gun Safe Frequently Asked Questions
Are gun safes fireproof?
The word proof means able to withstand. We would say that, yes, most are fireproof. Just note many factors that can affect how well the gun safe performs include the duration of the fire, where the safe is located, the temperature at which the fire burns, and how long it takes the fire department to get there to put the fire out. If a fire burns hot enough and long enough, any safe can be damaged or even destroyed if it doesn’t offer the proper fire protection. If you are concerned about fire protection, look for longer fire ratings, thicker steel in the door, and body and fire/smoke seals around the door.
Some manufacturers typically use a drywall-type material to keep the heat from burning up the contents. The more layers, the longer the fire rating. Others use a proprietary concrete composite material. The goal is to keep the internal temperature below 350 degrees Fahrenheit, the critical temperature where the paper will start to char and burn. You also don’t want your guns to be damaged either. To test the gun safe, they stick the safe in a burn chamber and heat the external temperature to their desired temperature. They put sensors on the inside to check the internal temperature. The internal temperature should not exceed 350 degrees Fahrenheit for the time they are testing the safe. Check the fire ratings to see how long the gun safe was tested (30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, 90 minutes, 2 hours). The longer the rating, the longer it should last in the event of a fire.
Are gun safes waterproof?
Most gun safes are not waterproof. Sports Afield Gun Safes do offer some water protection in the event of a flood. For example, the Sports Afield SA5924P offers waterproofing in 2 feet of water for seven days. For other brands of gun safes, we suggest putting items in Zip Lock Bags or Tupperware Containers to keep them 100% waterproof. We also sell waterproof bags to put paperwork and other things inside the safe. If you want to keep your rifles and pistols waterproof, we also suggest putting them in waterproof bags.
Are gun safes worth it?
Gun safes are a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Are they worth it all depends on your needs? Do you want to keep your rifles and pistols secure from someone breaking into your home and stealing them? What about keeping them locked up from family members and kids in the house? Do you want fire protection to protect your weapons, paperwork, and valuables? Gun safes are worth it if they offer the security and fire protection you are looking for and need.
Are gun safes tax free?
Gun safes are tax free in the following states:
- New Jersey
- Tennessee (Tax Holiday through August of 2023)
We do collect sales tax on gun safes in other states that we collect sales tax in.
What is the best brand of gun safe?
- American Security (AMSEC) is one of the industry's most well-known safe manufacturers. They have a gun safe for every budget and even make some of their lines in the USA. They are one of the only companies to make a UL Listed TL-30X6-rated high security gun safe.
- Browning is typically known for their quality firearms, but they also have gun safes built under their name by ProSteel. One of the best features of the Browning gun safes is their interiors. Their patented door organization system is one of a kind and allows you to store rifles in the door. Some models even allow you to keep rifles with scopes on the door.
What is the most secure long gun safe?
If you are looking for the highest-rated gun safe and storing a high content value, you will want to look for something with a UL TL-30 or UL TL-30X6 rating.
Where is the best place to buy a gun safe?
We may be biased, but we think you should buy your gun safe from SafeandVaultStore.com. We have been in business for over 70 years and offer one of the largest selections of gun safes online. Plus, since we live and breathe safes all day long, we know them like the back of our hands. We also offer Free Shipping on all our products. Many local companies and big box stores sell gun safes, but they don’t have the selection, they don’t offer the best price, and they don’t have the expertise.
How much should I spend on a gun safe?
The amount you spend on a gun safe is totally up to you. But you should consider the amount of content value you will be storing inside. The higher the value you will need to protect, the more you should spend on a gun safe to protect it. If you have $100,000, you need to protect but want to buy a $1,000 gun safe, that may not make sense. Things to consider should be how many rifles you wish to protect, steel thickness in the body and the door, the burglar rating, what type of lock you need, and fire rating.
What is a good fire rating for a gun safe?
We recommend looking for something that has a minimum of a one-hour fire rating if you are in the city and a longer fire rating if you are out in the country. The reason is that if you are in the city, the fire department can get there relatively quickly to put water on the fire to cool it down. If you are in the country, it may take them longer, which means you need something that will offer more extended protection.
What size gun safe should I buy?
- Your first step should be to determine how many rifles you have that you want to put inside.
- You will then want to figure out how many you think you may purchase in the future.
- Figure out if you will be putting any pistols inside, if the gun safe has room for that on the door, or if you will be putting them in a pistol rack on a shelf.
- Guns are not the only thing you will store inside, so determine what else will go into the safe.
- Remember that the number of gun slots is based on un-scoped rifles or shotguns. Anything with a scope, ARs, and shotguns with extended bolt handles could take up an extra gun slot, so you will want to factor that as well.
- We suggest purchasing a gun safe at least 1-1/2 times as big as you think you currently need to attribute for future growth.
How do I keep my guns from rusting inside my gun safe?
We recommend buying either an electronic dehumidifier that can plugin if the gun safe has a power outlet or a Silica Gel Dehumidifier Box. This will prevent moisture issues and rust, especially in a humid climate.
· Plugin dehumidifier Rod
· Silica Gel Desiccant Box
- Browning also sells a Zerust Protectant Capsule that emits an invisible vapor that forms a barrier from rust and corrosion on metal surfaces.
Where should I put my gun safe in my house?
If you have a basement in your house, this is one of the best spots to install a gun safe because it is out of sight. Putting it in a convenient place such as a primary bedroom, hall closet, or secondary bedroom will allow quick access to your firearms when needed in an emergency. A garage is a popular place to put a gun safe, but you will want to ensure you have some form of humidity control. Also, making sure the safe is anchored to the concrete floor will prevent someone from breaking into your garage and being able to remove it.
How do I move a heavy gun safe?
We recommend you find a professional safe mover to move a heavy gun safe, especially if it is over 1,000 pounds. This way, it is done correctly with no damage to the safe or your property. If the safe is lighter weight, you can move the gun safe yourself with the help of some friends and an appliance dolly. In most gun safes with external hinges, you can remove the door, which weighs 1/3rd of the safe weight. This will allow you to remove the door, move it into place, and then move the body separately. Always be careful when moving a gun safe up or downstairs and ensure it is always secured.
Should I bolt my gun safe to the floor?
We always recommend bolting your safe to a solid surface (wood or concrete). Even if the safe is heavy, it doesn’t mean someone cannot remove it from your home. It is better to be safe than sorry. Bolting the safe down also prevents someone from tipping the safe on its back to get more leverage to try and pry on the door.
Can I bolt my gun safe to a wall?
Gun safes are typically fire-rated, which means there are only holes in the bottom of the safe to bolt to a floor. Drilling holes in the back of the safe would void the fire rating. If you are more concerned about burglar protection, a gun cabinet without a fire rating may be better if you cannot bolt the safe to a floor. You can drill holes in the back to bolt it to a wall.
Can I put a gun safe on the second floor?
Yes, you can install a gun safe on the second floor. The question is, how heavy can you go? We recommend trying to stay under 1,000 pounds for a gun safe installed on a second story. Anything more than that, you will want to determine if the stairs going up to the second floor can handle the weight of the safe, movers, and equipment. If the gun safe weighs more than 1,000 pounds, we recommend contacting a structural engineer to determine if your floor can handle the weight of the safe plus the items inside.